Oct 21, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs (16) runs for yardage on a punt return against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Cleveland 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland has been very inspiring for fans this offseason, and with new ownership comes a new coach, new GM, and quite possibly a revamped team. Not so fast. Cleveland can work out new quarterbacks and sign big time defensive players, but they have a huge question, wide receiver. Yes, they picked up Josh Gordon last year, but lost Joshua Cribbs this offseason and have Greg Little who flat out can’t catch. The Browns traded back in 2011 and passed on Julio Jones and so far there have been no answers. With no clear cut A.J. Green or Julio Jones in this year’s draft, don’t look for the Browns being able to improve this WR group. With the Bengals playing Cleveland twice this year, our starting corners should have no issue guarding their subpar receiving core.
With everyone else in the AFC North making little headlines, the Bengals are quietly signing their own players. Again, this is a 10-6 team with only one direction to go, up. I know fans would like to have seen a big name coming to play in stripes, but that is not how the Bengals operate. The Bengals know what they have and are proud to show it off. With the draft inching closer and a solid core already, there is no reason not to think that all of these small moves will add up to one thing, an AFC North division championship.